Facing public opposition to building an apartment complex on the to-be-vacated City Hall property, the Newport Beach City Council agreed Tuesday night to study the feasibility of a hotel there instead.
The study, proposed by Councilman Keith Curry, will also examine housing options, such as condominiums and apartments.
As the city staff prepares to move across town to the under-construction Civic Center, the council is looking to approve a development that would replace City Hall. The publicly owned 4-acre parcel is one of the largest in the Lido Village area, a district that city leaders deemed underperforming and pegged for revitalization.
The city has not yet thoroughly assessed the economic viability of proposed land uses.
"We just need to know what the numbers are," Curry said.
During an afternoon study session Tuesday, residents from Lido Isle and other nearby neighborhoods favored a boutique hotel. They criticized the previously approved alternative of apartments above a parking structure.